The Grinch Strikes Again

November 26, 2005 — 12 Comments

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Have you ever seen the Grinch? You know, that green sinister looking thing that decides to steal Christmas? That’s the one. Whenever you watch him jump down the chimney and steal all those great toys from Santa, you really just want to knock his block off. But he succeeds and takes all the toys back to his cave.

It’s a story that is all to similar in this day and age, as seen in a recent story coming from Boston.

Boston set off a furor this week when it officially renamed a giant tree erected in a city park a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.”

The move drew an angry response from Christian conservatives, including evangelist Jerry Falwell who heckled Boston officials and pressed the city to change the name back.

“There’s been a concerted effort to steal Christmas,” Falwell told Fox Television.

The Nova Scotia logger who cut down the 48-foot (14-meter) tree was indignant and said he would not have donated the tree if he had known of the name change.

“I’d have cut it down and put it through the chipper,” Donnie Hatt told a Canadian newspaper. “If they decide it should be a holiday tree, I’ll tell them to send it back. If it was a holiday tree, you might as well put it up at Easter.”

You said it Donnie.

It’s interesting to look at our National Christmas Tree, which is still officially called the National Christmas Tree, but was called the “2004 National Holiday Tree” by Virginia last year. If you visit the National Holiday Christmas Tree, the path that leads you there will give you a taste of Hannakuh, Kwanza, and other politically correct displays.

The history clearly shows that the tree is a Christmas tree. Not a “holiday tree.” Writer Darren Smith explains the history.

As far back as 1913, President Woodrow Wilson had asked for a community Christmas tree to be placed at the Capitol so that a tree lighting ceremony could be recognized as a national event. On Christmas Eve of that year, a crowd of 20,000 was entertained by the U.S.

Today, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree is just one part of what has become a major event at the White House — the Christmas Pageant of Peace (first established in 1954). Activities include featured guest performers, strolling costumed entertainers, and more than 50 volunteer choirs, gospel groups, bell ringers, and cloggers providing live musical performances.

What once was a single Christmas tree, now includes a main tree with 56 smaller trees — one for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia — lining the Pathway of Peace. More than 75,000 lights illuminate this year’s display, and to signify the beginning of the new Millennium, the National Christmas Tree will remain decorated with multi-colored lights until midnight of New Years Eve, at which time it will change to an all-white illumination, with accents of red garlands and blue in the star.

Now, it’s interesting to note the beginnings of the National Christmas Tree.

In 1923, First Lady Grace Coolidge gave permission for the District of Columbia Public Schools to erect a Christmas tree in President’s Park (now known as the Ellipse), south of the White House. The organizers named the tree the “National Christmas Tree.”

Today, it is forbidden to pray during the Pageant of Peace:

We ask that the musical selections represent a “HOLIDAY” theme. Religious observances such as prayer are NOT an appropriate part of this program.

Now, looking at recent times may put us in the dumps, but, we must keep in mind the end of the Grinch story. He restored Christmas, and his heart grew bigger than a large grey mammal. The world is not coming to an end, and people are showing their disgust at politically correct holidays, as seen in a recent online poll on a Boston CBS affiliate’s website, which said that 64% of the people who voted said Christmas has become too politically correct.

Be happy that some people who are selling you your tree still believe that “you and your children can enjoy the real meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus.”

Keep praying for our nation, and keep fighting for the your rights. Merry Christmas.

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

12 responses to The Grinch Strikes Again

  1. Amen! What is our country coming to?? We as Christians need to stand up for what we believe in! I just wish I knew what I, one girl from a tiny town, could do! I guess the best thing is to pray.

  2. It seems a shame that Americans can’t celebrate in whatever way they choose without some segment of the population deciding that Christmas must go in the name of multiculturalism. Gee, we can’t even be part of the multi.

    Well, at my house, I guess we’ll stay inside and close the drapes while we eat our Christmas dinner. The neighbors might rat us out. We’ll very quietly sing “Silent Night, Holy Night” and try to keep it down when we sing “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” That won’t be easy. We’ll get a tree so small we can shove it under the table if anybody comes. Maybe they won’t notice. When we help deliver packages to the needy, we’ll have to go in disguise. If we buy egg nog at the grocery store, we’ll have them put it in a brown paper bag. We’ll wear overalls to church and no one will guess where we’re going.

  3. What I don’t understand about this politically correctness, is that no one, it seems, at my school, which has 2700 kids, really cares about politically correctness. No one offends anyone else by what they believe or think or do. I don’t think that it’s really teens that want to change this. I think it’s the generation before us.

  4. Great post, Tim! It’s sickening, watching the attempt to take Christ out of Christmas. If someone does not want to celebrate Christmas, don’t! But why should the rest of us be forced to change our holiday to satisfy these pollitically correct nuts?

  5. PC society is getting ridiculous. I can understand showing Hannakuh etc. (Except Kwanza, which is a silly contrived holiday that encourages racial division.) but trying to wipe out Christmas from public utterance is petty and unfair.

  6. There isn’t even Kwanzaa in any African countries!! Haha! Oh the irony!!!

  7. I predict that our country may eventually combine all these holidays and have something like Kwanzmas :) You know, Christmas and Kwanzaa combined.

  8. I think Christmakwanzahannukah (CHRIS-MA-KW-ANZA-HAN-NUKAH )is more socially acceptable. But it might be a pain to spell.

    I think I may have just scored some brownie points with the liberals witht that one. I included the full names of the two most important holidays and removed the s is christmas. Sneaky or what?

    Happy Christmakwanzahannukah to you all.

  9. Tim,

    As I commented on Spunky Jr.’s blog, I can see them changing the name of Christmas to Wintermas, but I’d like to keep Christmas.

    Dewaine

  10. The government declared Christmas a national holiday. If the name were to be changed, the meaning would be gone. That would be just as silly as the arguement of renaming Veteran’s Day. Rename either and the whole reason/meaning of these national days of celebration and rememberance are gone. I just don’t get these people. It’s absolutely refreshing to see teenagers speak out against such nonsense. Forge forward – Kate

  11. Fight the good fight in good love…

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